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    KickStarter SKALD: Against the Black Priory - retro RPG inspired by Ultima

    Hmm... somehow I find myself totally uninterested in this game at this point. If it gets released tomorrow I don't know if I'd even have the motivation to try it. Strange, I was very much looking forward to Skald - but that was quite some years ago. It's basically the same I feel with Lawless...
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    Return To Monkey Island - MI2 sequel from Ron Gilbert

    If you gild a piece of shit it may shine in the sunlight but it's still a piece of shit unterneath. You still see it and you smell it. The style of this game is in itself broken beyond redemption or repair. Patching a pixelating filter on top of it doesn't change anything, still looks abominable.
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    Game News Caves of Lore is a turn-based pixel art RPG inspired by Ultima VI and other classics, coming January

    I was hyped when I read Ultima VI. I immediately expected something in the graphical vein of Ultima VI, which always is a mistake (especially as it's specifically mentioned in the announcement here - which I overread). I have to admit I don't find the graphical style appealing. The background...
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    Realms of Antiquity: The Shattered Crown - Ultima-like retro RPG

    I was able to beat the Plains Dragon - thanks to a boulder in it's way. I used Shock Wave to fry it. It took some time as it now and then used its sleep spell to knock me out for some turns but it never reached me to devour me. I even think a bug helped me out: The last tiny bit of my...
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    Realms of Antiquity: The Shattered Crown - Ultima-like retro RPG

    Thanks! I'll consult your guide. In my first playthrough I managed to beat the dragon that is guarding that hellish dungeon west of Port Bonifice at a low level (with some help by Doran) so I thought I'll try my luck here too... ;)
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    Realms of Antiquity: The Shattered Crown - Ultima-like retro RPG

    Thank you for your help. I'm indeed at a very low level as of now (4...). I think I'll let these oversized lizards alone for a while... ;) I still think the beast's devour-action should have a random factor instead of being sudden death for the player. It should not be successful by default...
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    Realms of Antiquity: The Shattered Crown - Ultima-like retro RPG

    In my case it definitively isn't a rare attack. Damn beast uses it the whole time, as soon as it's close enough. And there seems to be no way to keep it at bay.
  8. Ludwig von Eisenthal

    Realms of Antiquity: The Shattered Crown - Ultima-like retro RPG

    Just started another playthrough this week. Now I got to the Plains Dragon. That damn thing always uses its mean "devour" ability and kills me instantly. Is there any way to counter this attack? Neither protection spells nor blur seems to have any effect. I can't remember this rather annoying...
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    Oldest CRPG you can still tolerate playing

    That's a tough one. But I think one of the oldest RPG I still very much enjoy must be Ultima VII. The control scheme is still very solid and works, the overall quest design feels good and the unparalleled open world experience still stands monolithic in the RPG genre. I'm also able to enjoy...
  10. Ludwig von Eisenthal

    Dark Disciples II

    Yeah, even though my praise seems a bit overly ecstatic it is indeed that good, one of the finest RPG experiences for me. I still have to play Temple of Eternity though (which is basically DD3, even though the creator is another guy). This one seems to be even more elaborated than DD2.
  11. Ludwig von Eisenthal

    DONUM – new ZX Spectrum 128k horror adventure

    A damn fine looking game! I hope for a cassette release. I'd love to play it on my Speccy 128 +2.
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    Vapourware The definitive, authoritative, and probably non-exhaustive list of non-(IBM) PC cRPGs

    I often see Lords of Midnight and Doomdark's Revenge described as mixture between wargame and RPG. There is no character progression for sure, but it certainly has RPG elements to it (emphasis on exploration, characters with different stats and traits, the possibility to solve the game...
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    Vapourware The definitive, authoritative, and probably non-exhaustive list of non-(IBM) PC cRPGs

    There are also some pretty interesting RPGs for Texas Instruments calculators. Stuff like Joltima, The Verdante Forest (both for the TI-83/84), War of the Arthropods (for the TI-89) or the more recent Elimination (Ti-84 CE) to name just a few.
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    Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

    Goddamn, game crashes at every start (GOG-version). A pirated alpha I once tried worked flawlessly. How did they manage to fuck up the gold release after years and years of voluntary alpha/beta testing by thousands of generous gamers ("early access")? I'll refund and continue playing Warbands...

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